Conference Day One: Tuesday, 18 July 2017

8:30 AM - 9:00 AM Registration, refreshments and networking


9:00 AM - 9:30 AM KEYNOTE SESSION: Highlighting West Africa’s growing maritime business opportunities to deliver world-class port infrastructure and services

Eric Tetteh-Addison, Deputy Director - Policy, Planning and Scheduling, Ministry of Transport, Ghana

Eric Tetteh-Addison

Deputy Director - Policy, Planning and Scheduling
Ministry of Transport, Ghana

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM Reviewing the future of port projects across Ghana: Tema Port Highlights

Mohammed Samara, Chief Executive Officer, Meridian Port Services, Ghana

Mohammed Samara

Chief Executive Officer
Meridian Port Services, Ghana

10:00 AM - 10:20 AM Building Local Dredge Capacity

Bas Kockmann , Sales Manager - Africa , Royal IHC

Bas Kockmann

Sales Manager - Africa
Royal IHC

10:20 AM - NaN:NaN AM Significance of maritime regulations and competitiveness of African Ports

Dr. Dakuku Peterside, Chief Executive Officer & Director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration & Safety Agency

Dr. Dakuku Peterside

Chief Executive Officer & Director General
Nigerian Maritime Administration & Safety Agency

10:50 AM - NaN:NaN AM Scanning for port security, revenue generation, and logistical efficiency

Paul Hollingshead , Regional Director, Africa, Rapiscan | AS&E
Port efficiency and scanning experiences in African ports
How to fit scanners into existing operational practices and increase port efficiency
Traditional technologies vs modern systems

Paul Hollingshead

Regional Director, Africa
Rapiscan | AS&E

11:20 AM - NaN:NaN AM Coffee and networking break


11:50 AM - NaN:NaN AM Reviewing the port expansion plans in Nigeria

Hadiza Bala Usman, Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority
Nigeria is gearing up for major expansion of its port capacity to cater for future growth. Slated to be completed in 2019, the Lekki Port project has definitive milestones set to achieve this target over the next years. This session will outline the milestones and updates on how the Nigerian port project plans to be the most modern port, supporting the burgeoning trade across Nigeria and the entire West African region.

Hadiza Bala Usman

Managing Director
Nigerian Ports Authority

12:20 PM - NaN:NaN AM Exploring current expansion works and dredging operations at South Africa’s ports

Captain Naresh Sewnath, Senior Harbour Master, Transnet National Ports Authority
  • Evaluating the region’s plans for the expansion of facilities
  • Reviewing the challenges of dredging a port to allow for the deep drafts of super containers
  • Dredging the shipping channels to increase the capacity of the port

Captain Naresh Sewnath

Senior Harbour Master
Transnet National Ports Authority

12:50 PM - NaN:NaN AM Challenges for financing port/infrastructure projects

Solomon Asamoah, Chief Executive Officer, Ghana Infrastructure Investment Fund
  • Productivity improvement strategies to improve ROI
  • Capacity expansion projects leading to higher capacity utilisation and increased financial performance

Solomon Asamoah

Chief Executive Officer
Ghana Infrastructure Investment Fund

1:20 PM - 2:20 PM Networking lunch


2:20 PM - NaN:NaN AM Container shipping outlook: How shippers see 2017 and how to maximise opportunities?

Sylvia Asana Owu, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Ghana Shippers Authority
  • How can supporting infrastructure support and maximise on this demand?
  • What are the biggest forecasted opportunities?
  • What will the demand and need of ports be in order to respond to this outlook?

Sylvia Asana Owu

Deputy Chief Executive Officer
Ghana Shippers Authority

2:50 PM - NaN:NaN AM Port expansion by building new breakwaters in open sea

Bertrand Stoehr, Key Accounts and Major Projects Senior Manager , Keller EMEA
- Port expansion dedicated latest techniques for deepening existing quays
-Reference works in Africa

Bertrand Stoehr

Key Accounts and Major Projects Senior Manager
Keller EMEA

3:20 PM - NaN:NaN AM Port and hinterland integrated logistics development model for West Africa

Dr. Chinedum Onyemechi, Head - Marine Management Technology Department, Federal University of Technology Owerri
The evolution of global transportation system has over the years revolved around the development of the port system and other members of the maritime business ecosystem. The need for the development of global access to the hinterland is thus necessary for continuing progress of world maritime commerce. The need for an uninterrupted flow and integration of land and sea logistics network becomes paramount given the expanding size of vessels and global economic growth. The model will be based on the business ecosystem’s model as well as the theory of regionalisation applied to container hub and spoke development.
The output from the research will serve as policy instruments for port states working to build a better master plan in an evolving maritime ecosystem.

Dr. Chinedum Onyemechi

Head - Marine Management Technology Department
Federal University of Technology Owerri

3:50 PM - 4:20 PM PANEL DISCUSSION: How to ensure efficient collaboration within ports and introduce efficiency throughout the transport network

Martin Mannion, Ports & Marine Director, AECOM Innocent Ogbuji, General Manager Commercial & Government Affairs, APM Terminals Captain Naresh Sewnath, Senior Harbour Master, Transnet National Ports Authority
This panel will address the security, risk and reliability issues in maritime, port and supply chain environments. It will tackle operational challenges that port, shipping, international logistics and supply chain operators face today and how to develop a regional and global framework for managing the security of trading and supply chain systems.



Martin Mannion

Ports & Marine Director

Innocent Ogbuji

General Manager Commercial & Government Affairs
APM Terminals

Captain Naresh Sewnath

Senior Harbour Master
Transnet National Ports Authority

4:20 PM - 4:30 PM Chairman’s closing remarks

4:30 PM - 4:30 PM End of conference day one

The published programme is correct at time of printing. However, given the seniority of our speakers and the nature of their roles, speakers may subsequently substitute or remove themselves from the programme. This is always regrettable, and we will always try to replace the speaker with a speaker with equivalent insight. For the most up-to-date programme, please visit the event website